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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Monday, December 04, 2006

First Confession and First Communion Preparation Commences

On Sunday 3rd, First Sunday of Advent, we had our first meeting of children and parents. After the children went off with catechists Catarina Beresford and Lisa Aldridge, I had a brief session with the parents and asked them about their hopes and expectations at this point in their children's lives. The comments were very illuminating:
  • that they get closer to God through Holy Communion
  • that they acquire a greater understanding of their faith
  • that I refresh my own understanding
  • he wants to do it!
  • to understand what goes on in the Mass
  • growth in awe and reverence
  • growth in spirituality
  • a sense of belonging/belief for the journey of life.

So we have plenty of material to discuss next time!

Please pray for our 10 Holy Communion candidates.

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